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Hollywood’s glitterati are abuzz today after WWE Studios announced that megastar Nicolas Cage will portray the title character in the upcoming biopic Stand Back: The Vince McMahon Story.
Cage, known for his brilliantly nuanced performances in Face/Off and Mandy, will face the challenge of capturing McMahon’s improbable melange of genius, insanity, and oversized grapefruits.
Reportedly to be directed by Werner Herzog, the film will chronicle the sports-entertainment mogul’s unlikely rise from poor young carny to rich old carny.
Cage was the natural choice to play the role, after Anthony Hopkins turned it down.
The film’s screenwriter, Cormac McCarthy, reportedly spent 72 straight hours listening to McMahon’s commentary on VHS recordings of WWF Superstars of Wrestling in a vein attempt to perfectly mimic McMahon’s pronunciation of “russling.”
The film will hit theatres this summer and, as with all WWE Studios films, will bring home the gold in a big way at the following Academy Awards.
From Kayfaybe News;
Hollywood insiders are reporting today that the long-awaited biographical drama about the life and times of sports-entertainer Hulk Hogan has been green-lit and will star Leonardo DiCaprio as Hogan.
The film, tentatively titled Telling My Brother Something: The Hulk Hogan Story, will see DiCaprio portray Hogan’s his meteoric rise as a sports-entertainer, Hollywood star, and hero to millions
According to sources close to DiCaprio, the star is currently gaining 175 pounds for the role through an intense daily regimen of training, prayers, vitamins and ICO PRO.
Portraying the role will require many gruelling hours in a make-up chair to transform into a Hogan look-alike, including a skullet transplant and a daily dousing in orange paint.
The movie will be produced by WWE Studios, which, if history is any indication, practically guarantees the film will sweep the Oscars.
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Fans of professional sports-entertainment tend to exalt the stars of yesteryear, but did you know that practically none of the so-called “legends” enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame ever held the company’s most coveted prize, the Universal Championship?
Brett “Hangman” Hart, for example, claims to be the “best there was, is, and will ever be,” but how many reigns as Universal Champion did he have? None, that’s how many.
Rick “Natural Boy” Flare is widely regarded as one of the greatest pro wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots and wear skimpy spandex trunks, but how many times did he hold the Universal Championship? None.
In fact, although fans these days love to bemoan “today’s product” and yearn for the glory days of previous eras, the only veteran of the so-called Altitude Era who has held the Universal Championship is Bill Goldburg, who held it for a measly four weeks in 2017.
Cold Stone Steve Austin? He held the Million Dollar Belt for a while, and presumably a few others, but never the “30 pounds of gold” known as the Universal Championship. Same goes for other purported “legends” like Randy “Mr. Macho” Savage, Bruno Sammartino, and Mordecai. Not a single Universal Championship reign between them.
So next time someone talks to you about the greatest wrestlers of all time, be sure to remind them that those zero-time Universal Champions have got nothing on former champs like Fin Balor and Roman Reins
From Kayfabe News
Brock Lesnar announced today he will venture into hip hop music with an upcoming debut album tentatively titled “Da Beest Inkarnate.”
According to Lesnar’s publicist and hype man, Flav E. Dangerously, the album is “Eminem meets Kanye meets Rapmaster P.N. News, with beats phatter than King Mabel.”
Scheduled to drop on August 3, the album showcases the kind of lyrical whimsy and syntactic gymnastics fans have come to expect from Lesnar, who is counted among The Rock and Jake Roberts as WWE’s all-time great promo men.
Tracks confirmed for the album include:
Suplex City Bitchez
Let’s do THIIIISSS (feat. John Cena)
Say Sumfin Stoopid (feat. Flav E. Dangerously)
I Broke da Streek
A gifted musician and multi-instrumentalist with classical training, Lesnar is reportedly also working on a semi-autobiographical rock opera based on Shakespeare’s King Lear.
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Brock Lesnar has set his sights on a new challenge as the latest cast member to join Dancing With the Stars.
Lesnar is following in the footsteps of his wrestling mentor and self-described “personal hero” Nikki Bella, who recently joined the cast of the show’s 12th season.
The Beast Incarnate is a last-minute fill-in for singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson, who dropped out of the competition this week after she was busted by the show’s so-called Wellness Policy after testing positive for performance-enhancing razzle-dazzle.
Although Lesnar is best known for barbaric violence, a sociopathic disregard for the wellbeing of others, and a penchant for shrieking like a pterodactyl, few wrestling fans realize he is a classically trained ballet dancer, and has spent several years studying ballroom under the tutelage of Fandango.
Before training to be an amateur wrestler and suplex aficionado, Lesnar was the star dancer for the Minneapolis Ballet Company, where he performed a solo show he created called “Swan Lake, Bitch.”
Lucha Libre AAA star La Parka has passed away at the age of 56.
La Parka was seriously injured during a four-way match against RUSH, Murder Clown, and LA Park while wrestling at Kaoz Lucha Libre's 64 Anniversary Arena Coliseum event in Monterrey on Oct. 20, 2019. The injury occurred when Parka attempted a suicide dive onto Rush, but his feet got caught on the ropes. Parka came up short on the dive, smacking his head on the concrete outside the ring. Rush and ringside officials immediately checked on Parka, who laid on the floor seemingly unconscious. He was taken away on a stretcher as the match continued.
He was diagnosed with a neck and cervical fracture. In the days after the accident, Parka was unable to talk and move his extremities, but would eventually be able to communicate and regain feeling in his arms and legs. AAA reportedly covered his medical expenses.
AAA posted the following statement
January 11, 2020: Lucha Libra AAA Worldwide is in mourning. Today, January 11, 2020, in his native home Hermosillo, Sonora, Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta, LA PARKA, passed away surrounded by his family and loved ones.
On the night of January 10, he had renal failure and it was necessary to put him back in assisted breathing. Today, January 11, his lungs and kidney completely failed.
Originating from Hermosillo, Sonora, Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta traversed through Mexico and the world under the mask of La Parka with the AAA group for more than 20 years, reaching a level of an idol that of a global wrestling legend.
In his possession is the Copa Triplemania, the Copa Antonio Pena, the masks of Cibernetico, Gigante Drako, Halcon Dorado Jr. and Muerte Cibernetica as well as the top winner of the Rey de Reyes tournament.
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Reigning and “defending” World Wrestling Entertainment Champion Brock Lesnar announced today that he has signed an extension to his WWE contract that will require him to wrestle at least — and at most — zero matches in the next three years.
Lesnar’s announcement comes after months of uncertainty surrounding his future with WWE, amid speculation that he may again return to UFC (a theatrical spectacle in which performers enact scripted “fights” to convey simplistic storylines).
“Brock stay WWF,” said Lesnar on ESPN today, mistakenly using the former acronym for the company. “Brock like schedule.”
Lesnar’s new contract will require him to make at least three television appearances (all pre-taped) and give him the option to compete in a match if he feels like it.
The contract stipulates that Lesnar, who dislikes travel and human interaction, can choose the location of his upcoming experiences, which means an upcoming episode of Raw will be broadcast from his rural Saskatchewan ranch.
Lesnar’s exclusive deal with WWE contains a no-compete clause, which means he can’t be put on display by zoos or travelling sideshows during the span of his contract.
His advocate, Paul Heyman, is reportedly lobbying WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to make the zero-match performance schedule “a little less demanding.”
From Kayfabe News
It is understandable that simpleminded people might think Wyatt and the Fiend are one and the same, given that both men frequently appear on children’s program Firefly Fun House, and the men share a similar physique and tattoos, but that is where the similarities end!
Whereas conspiracy theorists speculate that The Fiend is just Wyatt under a phantasmagorical mask, that cockamamie theory was put to rest at last night’s WWE TLC pay-per-view, where both men were seen on camera at the same time.
While Bray Wyatt was standing in the ring, The Fiend appeared live on the TitanTron. Explain that, conspiracy wingnuts! You can’t!
Want more proof? When The Fiend appeared on the TitanTron, Wyatt excitedly proclaimed “He’s here!” Wyatt did NOT say “I’m here.” He said “He’s here.” Could it be any clearer?
The notion that The Fiend and Wyatt are the same person is preposterous for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that Wyatt is a fun-loving, friend-making star of a colourful TV show, whereas The Fiend is a nefarious, hideous monster from the depths of hell. See the difference, dummies?
Some kooks may argue that The Fiend is a manifestation of an undiagnosed mental disorder for which Wyatt needs professional psychiatric help, but that is also nonsense, because that would mean WWE is portraying mental illness in an over-the-top, cartoonish manner, which is something a woke, progressive company like WWE would never, ever do.
Ric Flair may be retired, but that doesn't mean he's no longer to mix things up if need be. Flair has had a litany of medial issues over the last few years but he talked about how he's holding up physically when he spoke to Wrestling Inc.
"Absolutely fantastic, I feel great. I was just with friends a couple of weeks ago, and it's taken a few years, but I'm back to normal. I'm better than I was prior to getting sick. So, certainly someone's been watching over me and taking care of me," said Flair who then talked about almost getting physical at Crown Jewel.
"I got cleared medically to do something in Saudi and then Vince nixed it. If I would have fed Roman in that huge comeback he made, or tapped Hogan, that would have been the coup de gras. You just wanna give them everything they paid for and sometimes if you're not physically involved, you feel like you're not giving everything you had if you're not physical
He added that some of his joints are stiff but there is no discomfort. Many of his friends have had replacements and surgeries including Hulk Hogan who has had several surgeries. Flair noted that Hogan had issues in Saudi and had to come back for another surgery.
"The key that I've learned is that you can't hurry the healing process. The first couple of times with my pacemaker there were issues because I had gotten into two accidents. When I had my surgery, I was driving way too early. But I'm built like that and we, in the wrestling business, that unfortunately makes you insensitive to pain, discomfort and sitting still," stated Flair. "Hulk's biggest issue is taking care of himself and following doctor's orders to a T. Jimmy Hart will text Wendy and say, 'If you get a chance, tell Hulk to follow the orders.' He can't go through any more surgeries, not saying he can't, but he just doesn't have to if he takes time to heal."
Flair said he's been cleared and could get physical, but could he actually wrestle a match?
"Yes... well, no, not wrestle a match. I could get knocked down. Could I wrestle a match? Yes... but I couldn't because it would take me so long to get in that kind of shape. But I could be involved in a spot or take a bump," said Flair.
"When I sit ringside and you see the speed and how fast the guys move, you think that at one time I was doing that. It's amazing and now I see why people buy those ringside seats as you have a whole new appreciation. But getting back, if I could have just fed Roman after he cleaned the house ? boom, take a bump on the apron or the floor ? they would have gone nuts. Roman winked at me and pointed to his heart and shook his head.
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Next year's WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is going to be too sweet. It was announced by ESPN's Marc Raimondi that the New World Order will be the first official group to be inducted. Instead of the many individuals the group has had in it, the Hall of Fame will honor the core group of Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman.
This will be the second time all four men have been inducted; Hogan in 2005, Hall in 2014, Nash in 2015 and Waltman in 2019 with D-X. Hogan's betrayal of WCW by joining The Outsiders is considered one of the top moments in pro wrestling history. The New World Order helped WCW in the ratings during the Monday Night Wars, crushing WWE TV for months.
"You've got four guys that were basically going at Vince as a shoot, pushing hard to actually try to take over," Hogan told ESPN. "Not put him out of business but basically take his spot and be the No. 1 company. All of a sudden, you're inducting four guys in the Hall of Fame that 20 years ago were trying to stab you in the back. It's like Vince says: In the WWE, never say never."
Hogan, Hall and Nash started the group after Bash at the Beach in 1996 and eventually added more members like Ted DiBiase, Scott Steiner, The Giant and even Dennis Rodman. Week after week, the nWo took over WCW Nitro, making it seem like a true invasion angle. From 1996-1998, the nWo were one of the main reasons for the ratings going WCW's way. One of the hottest storylines in wrestling was Sting vs. the nWo. It eventually forced Vince McMahon to shift WWE programming to an edgier style.
"The nWo was kind of the epicenter of that Attitude Era," Nash said. "It was the first thing. It shifted Vince's way of thinking. We built the Saturn rocket, we put it on the launchpad, and Vince came and kicked us off. Before we got in the capsule, he said, 'I'll take this from here.' He took the Attitude Era, and he took it another step further."
McMahon brought the group back in the early 2000's, with Hogan, Nash, Hall and Waltman as the key members. While it didn't last long in WWE, the impact the group made is significant. The "too sweet" hand gesture and the group mentality of the nWo is still used today, whether in New Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor, AEW or a number of other promotions. WWE also continues to utilize the nWo's history like selling t-shirts. Kevin Nash believes that while there may be copies, there is only one nWo.
"It happened, and it's gone," Nash said. "And there won't be another one."
The 2020 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is set to take place on April 2 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Tickets for the event will be on sale this Friday.
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